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D.C. Sports Bog: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Hope You Don't Care About the Redskins' Opening Drive This Sunday...

...because you might not see it. WUSA-9 reports: This is to inform you of a scheduling conflict WUSA-9 is currently having with the NFL. On Sunday, October19th, WUSA-9 will air the Ravens and Dolphins game at 1:00PM, followed by the Redskins and Browns at 4:15pm. At this time, the NFL...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 17, 2008; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ted Won't Take the Abuse

Remember the days when a professional sports team owner was just the guy in a suit who sat up in a skybox and ignored the little people? (Er, okay, maybe some owners still follow the old model.) Ted Leonsis, in happier times. These days, in the age of the Internet...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 17, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Colt Brennan Has the Voice of an Angel

I've always wondered what the work flow is like for a rookie third-string quarterback. Take the Redskins' Colt Brennan, for example. The kid signed a four-year, $1.8 million deal, and more likely than not, much of his time in the near future will be spent on the bench. Sure, he...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 17, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Joe the Analyst Has Some Choice Words for Dallas

Forget about Joe the Plumber. Today, let's talk about Joe [Theismann] the Analyst, the former Redskin and current talking head whose unapologetic commentary yesterday about the Cowboys makes me wonder why in Gibbs's name this man doesn't have his own blog. On Sid Rosenberg's show at OPENSports.com, Theismann denounced...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 17, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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No, Not Possible! The Steve Buckhantz Tribute

Thank goodness for Wizards play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz. His catchphrases make life worth living and bad basketball worth watching. And sometimes, we all just need a "NO! Not Possible!" to remind us that it IS possible, because it already happened. Life goes on. Simple, yet poignant. Which brings us to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 17, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Jim Zorn in SI's Faces in the Crowd

Since Sports Illustrated, circa 1984, was kind enough to provide the impetus for yesterday's Jim Zorn skins coyotes story, I figured I'd see what else we can learn about Zorn from the Sports Illustrated Vault. Among the things I didn't know: Jim Zorn was featured in the iconic Faces...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 17, 2008; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Alexander Behind Samuels

Chris Samuels mentioned the other day that he and Shaun Alexander own matching paintings of a play from a 1999 win over Florida, in which Alexander ran through a hole opened by Samuels. A commenter says this right here is the painting, and I can't think of any reason...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 17, 2008; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Redskins' Hit Stick

Since Danny Smith joined the Redskins in 2004, the special teams coach has purchased an array of "Hit Sticks," which are passed around to the special teams player who authored the biggest hit in the team's most recent victory. That player's number is plastered onto the stick, and at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Caron and Ivan Carter at the Barca Cafe

My three favorite parts of this video of Ivan Carter, Caron Butler and their significant others hanging out in a Barcelona cafe. 1) Caron being asked by some random Spaniard to sign a Gilbert Arenas jersey. 2) Caron greeting us with a "What up D.C., it's your man Tough Juice,"...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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How Jim Zorn Learned to Skin a Coyote

At least one of these men has skinned a coyote. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Yesterday I decided to ask Jim Zorn about skinning coyotes. It's the sort of thing that most NFL coaches regularly talk about following their press gatherings after Wednesday practices, so it might not...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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DerMarr Johnson's Musical Career

I've complained for years about how boring a franchise the Washington Wizards are, so it's nice to see a little breath of freshness from DerMarr Johnson, about whom some fans are suddenly getting very excited. Sadly, Ivan says Johnson still faces "a real battle" to make the team, so...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Skins Quotes: Violence, Jedis and Drinking Blood

Violent game. But not in the negative sense. (By John McDonnell - TWP) A few nice Skins quotes from the week before Cleveland's first visit to town since the Soulja Boy series.... * To start, Jim Zorn. Yet again, he called Clinton Portis violent yesterday. That must be at...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Morning Look: Boyzzz in the Gator

(Courtesy BehindtheBadge.com) To those who have charged me with ignoring D.C. United for, hmmm, like six months or so, guilty as charged. Problem is, there's this new style of football involving a pointy ball that you only rarely kick with your foot, and people around here seem to be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Samuels and Alexander: The College Years

The last time Shaun Alexander and Chris Samuels were teammates, during the 2000 Orange Bowl. When Shaun Alexander drove into Redskins Park today, the first two people he saw were Cornelius Griffin and Chris Samuels. It was the first time the three had been teammates since they were senior...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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D.C.'s Second Mike Green

Not only did Washington just gain another sporting Mike Green, and another sporting Mike Green who plays defense: the Skins' new defensive back is in the process of changing his number to 25. That would be the opposite of the Caps' 52 Mike Green. Green, meantime, is hoping to become...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Vegas: Redskins Still Elite

As always, Vegas is slow to sway in the face of one bad week. The loss at home to Vegas's worst team was bad, no doubt, but the Redskins remain 7 or 7.5 home favorites this week, and the Las Vegas Sports Consultants rankings still says they're the fourth most...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ryan Plackemeier: Not Your Average Punter

Ryan Plackemeier, with Seahawks fans. This isn't the first time it's been said, but when you look at Ryan Plackemeier, the first thing that comes to mind isn't "punter." Maybe "backup H back." Or "truck driver." Dude's listed at 6-3, 247. That would make him the second heaviest punter...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Shaun Alexander: 37 Again

(By John Froschauer - AP file photo.) As of yesterday, Shaun Alexander was No. 35 and Reed Doughty was No. 37. As of this moment, Alexander is on the practice field wearing No. 35, but shortly Reed Doughty will be No. 23, and Shaun Alexander will, once again, be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Portis on Alexander, Focus, Weightlifting

More highlights from Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on yesterday's John Thompson Show on ESPN 980. And for the record, Portis seemed to be accusing The Post of taking his post-game words out of context I believe his beef is actually with the ESPN 980 guys, who misunderstood what I had...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Kornheiser Defends the Bandwagon

TWP file photo by Bill Snead. As I've previously mentioned, many people have made mention to me of the B***wagon in recent days. Ok, mostly before the Rams loss, but still. People were sensing a level of excitement not felt since 1991, and so it was hard not to...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Larry Michael's Latest Target: Ivan Carter?

Now, maybe you're like me, and you're thinking the Larry Michael vs. Jason La Canfora feud is played out. I mean, once you've accused the hardworking beat guy of being a potential spy for the Dallas Cowboys, there's not many more places you can go, other than accusing him of...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Another Boudreau Mercedes Ad

During Bruce Boudreau's epic day of car-related acting excellence, I chose to leave at lunch, before the filming of "Face Off" had commenced. So I'm enjoying this one for the first time right here. Can't really compare to "Cupholders" in dramatic power, but it's worth a look. Unlike "Cupholders," this...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Morning Look: Skins Are Bamas

Nine summers ago, Shaun Alexander, Chris Samuels and Cornelius Griffin were regarded as the cornerstones of Alabama's football team, with the Crimson Tide finally began to break out after NCAA sanctions. They were the leaders, the ones who had believed during the dark years, the ones who would make...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 15, 2008; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Portis Conflicted on Pacman Suspension

Portis and Pacman, on the field together. (TWP file photo by Jonathan Newton) Clinton Portis's weekly appearance on ESPN 980's John Thompson Show yielded plenty of interesting nuggets about Shaun Alexander's imminent arrival, Portis's offseason change-of-mindset and his comments about focus from last Sunday (taken out of context, apparently)....

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Caron Thinks Hasselhoff is German

Caron addresses the German media. (By Jesse D. Garrabrant - NBAE via Getty) Sadly, my high school German classes are proving insufficient for me to translate in full this Q&A Caron Butler did with Bild, the revealing German paper. I was able to ascertain that Bild has judged a...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Jason Taylor's a Cover Boy

(Courtesy Capitol File) Jason Taylor's on-field results? Still unclear, due to that bizarre injury, for which no one faults him, even though you don't necessarily get your draft picks back if the guy you traded for gets hurt. Jason Taylor's off-field results? First movie screenings with Hollywood stars, and...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Smoot's House: The Video Tour

At last, here's the Comcast SportsyNet-produced segment in which I get a tour of Fred Smoot's house. All credit to the fine CSN cameramen and the masterful editing job by Blog Show producer Adam Littlefield. (Previously: Smoot on his upstairs, Smoot on his Underworld, Smoot on his Christmas lights. Final...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Morning Look: Griffin Jerseys at Palin Rallies

Williams at the Richmond rally. (By Bob Brown - AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch) The bizarre Redskins-related political developments keep on coming. On the same day that Vinny Cerrato appeared on the guest list for a White House dinner honoring Silvio Berlusconi, Hank Williams Jr. showed up at at least two Virginia...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Vinny Cerrato Invited to the White House

(By John McDonnell - TWP) Jim Zorn's White House cred is already well-established, after multiple mountain biking trips with the President. That apparently made it Vinny Cerrato's turn; the team's Executive VP for Football Ops and his wife Rebecca appeared on the guest list for Monday night's Columbus Day...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Zorn on Portis and Alexander

(By Preston Keres - TWP) Tonight's news that Shaun Alexander is coming to town immediately conjured up thoughts of Jim Zorn's insta-analysis of Clinton Portis just after he was hired. This quote was from a Zorn interview with Redskins.com from last February, and it's most notable for the name...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Today In Vinny Cerrato's Radio Career

(By Preston Keres - TWP) For the record, as someone who has on occasion sacrificed blogging quality in favor of multimedia Comcast SportsyNet checks, I don't begrudge Vinny Cerrato his multimedia radio hobbies. And I didn't listen to the entire show this morning. (Although I did hear the one...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Today's Top Five: Post-Loss Schadenfreude

1) So the Redskins lost, but at least this happened. (Via StetSports, and is the jersey a Devin Thomas or a Patrick Ramsey?) 2) Our buddy, Redskins fan/ mad videoblogger Silvio "Black Cougar" DiSalvatore takes solace in the Cowboys' loss. Also, "Giants play tomorrah. They'll go down." 3) Okay, if...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 13, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Marcus Washington Goes Bull Riding

Marcus Washington rides the bull. Here's the biggest difference between Extremist Skins fans and bloggers. The former begin message board threads dedicated to the idea that Marcus Washington "needs to focus more on his play rather than his dance after each play." The latter appreciatively post videos of those...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gilbert Is But a Leaf on a Tree

Gilbert: self-consciously crazy. (By Ned Dishman - Getty) Dime Mag published long portions of its cover story Q&A with Gilbert Arenas this morning, and suddenly we're back to the very serious, world-weary and slyly crafty Gilbert, whose entire persona has been created to maximize his star power. It's the...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kendall Has Trouble Sleeping

Good running form, anyhow. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Two points about Pete Kendall's sleeping pattern following yesterday's unfortunate turn in the spotlight. 1) "Not a lot of sleep," Kendall said at the beginning of today's remarks, revisiting his catch-and-run-and-fumble. 2) "I don't want to make more if...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Will the Skins Face Brad Johnson?

So Tony Romo's out for four weeks. And the Skins play Dallas in five. Could it be another reunion with Brad Johnson? If so, some Skins fans are ready. This guy was spotted yesterday, rocking the jersey of a member of the Dallas Cowboys, in the wrong colors. Maybe...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Morning Look: Ovechkin Reps the Reaper

Well, the morning after, it turns out that there are still some bright spots. For one thing, the Redskins defense began dancing again, during nearly every TV timeout, en masse, and after individual plays. Marcus Washington's return to health could not have been timelier, in that regard. For another...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 13, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Hip Hip Hoo....wah?

(If you don't read this drivel, please watch today's Mayne Event feature on Hip Hip Hooray, which, even if you're sorta bummed out about this loss, still rates as high sporting hilarity. Via The Bald Spot, which, unlike me, can apparently embed Skins Park video.) If, as Clinton Portis...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2008; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Portis Says Skins Were Too Loose

Portis's second touchdown ball goes into the crowd. (By Toni L. Sandys - TWP) Over the past month, the Redskins provided some of the greatest and strangest blogging material imaginable for the first month of an NFL season. As the days went on, they seemed happier and happier, more...

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 12, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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